Conflicts of Interest - IRB Members

POLICY

CPHS members and consultants may not participate in the review of any protocol in which they have a conflicting interest, except to provide information requested by the CPHS. 

Key Terms:

Significant financial interest - Significant financial interest in research is defined as the aggregate interests of the investigator and his/her immediate family (spouse and dependent children). It also refers to anything of monetary value that would reasonably appear to be affected by the outcome of the proposed research, regardless of whether that entity is sponsoring the research.

Such interests include, but are not limited to:

The term significant financial interest in research does not include:

Non-financial interests – Non-financial conflicts of interest include a significant personal or scientific interest, being member of the research team or administrative involvement with the research.   

Non-financial interests – Non-financial conflicts of interest include a significant personal or scientific interest, being member of the research team or administrative involvement with the research.   

PROCEDURE

Identifying Conflict of Interest  - A CPHS Member and/or consultant must declare any significant financial or non-financial COI. When a member/consultant has a COI for a research proposal that was assigned to them for review, they must notify the IRB Staff. IRB staff will reassign the research proposal to another reviewer.

At the start of all CPHS meetings, the IRB chairperson will remind CPHS members and consultants in attendance at the meeting, to declare any conflicting interests with items on the agenda.

Managing Conflict of Interest - A member or consultant with COI must absent himself/herself from the meeting room prior to any discussion, except to provide information requested by the CPHS. This absence does affect the number of persons necessary for a quorum, which will be noted in the minutes as not present for vote. Even when a member does not have conflict of interest as defined in this policy, they may refrain from discussion and vote to avoid any appearance of a conflicting interest. 

Members with conflicting interests will not be assigned as primary or secondary reviewers for review of the specific research protocol for which conflict exists for initial review, continuing review, expedited review, review of protocol amendments, review of SAE reports and review of non-compliance reports.

APPLICABLE REGULATIONS

1.       45 CFR §46.107(e)

2.       21 CFR §56.107(e)

REFERENCES TO OTHER POLICIES

1.       None.

ATTACHMENTS

1.       None

If you find errors in this document, contact clinicaltrials@uth.tmc.edu

 

Document Number:

101-B04

Document Name:

Conflict of Interest – CPHS Members and Consultants

Approved by:

Executive Director, Research Compliance

Effective:

1 Aug 2008

Revision History:

1 Aug 2011, 1 Jun 2016


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